prosecutor Fani Willis has issued arrest warrants for former President Donald
Trump and 18 co-defendants, following a grand jury's indictment of 13 felony
charges against Trump. These charges pertain to his alleged efforts to overturn
the 2020 presidential election results in the state.
The move comes as
part of what Willis has described as a "criminal conspiracy to overturn
the results" of the said election.
leveled against Trump include Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO),
conspiracy to commit forgery, filing false documents, and solicitation of
violation of oath by a public officer, among others. Alongside Trump, 18 of his
associates have also been indicted, including Mark Meadows, former White House
chief of staff, and Rudy Giuliani, former mayor of New York City.
Fani Willis, the
Fulton County district attorney, announced the issuance of arrest warrants and
set a strict deadline for the defendants to surrender voluntarily by noon on
August 25, 2023. Highlighting the gravity of the situation, she stressed that
the alleged illegal actions had the "goal of allowing Donald J. Trump to
seize the presidential term of office beginning on January 20, 2021."
the importance of fair and accurate election processes, stating that all
elections are administered by states and that their role in this process is
crucial for the functioning of democracy.
She pointed out
that Georgia has a legal process for addressing election challenges, but the
indictment claims that the defendants engaged in a criminal enterprise to
overturn the state's presidential election result.
has expressed her intention to seek a trial date within the next six months and
aims to have all 19 defendants tried together in the same case. However, the
final decision on scheduling rests with the judge overseeing the proceedings.
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